Malcolm X’s visits to Mecca and West Africa in April-May of 1964 helped broaden his global scope a bit more since departing from the Nation of Islam earlier that March. Later, during the summer, he internationalized the plight of Africans in America on a legal level when he presented his case at the Organization of African Unity’s second meeting, held in Cairo, Egypt, July 17-21, 1964.
A major ancestral awakening of New York City’s sordid slave history occurred in 2008, when Department of Transportation employees unearthed a 17th century African gravesite while refurbishing the Willis Avenue Bridge. The MTA offered to renovate the area in 2010.
In a major ruling the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot look at an individual’s cellphone while making arrests.
Supporters of political prisoner of war Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin are demanding that he receive immediate proper medical care.
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Originally scheduled for renovation throughout 2015 to 2019, the MTA’s bus depot at 2460 Second Ave. (between 126th and 127th streets) will instead shut down permanently Jan. 5, 2015 to make way for an African Burial Ground memorial.
Echoing similar sentiments from a decade ago, on July 2, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe demanded that the remaining European “landowners” rightfully return “their property” to his nation’s indigenous inhabitants.
The lifetime achievements of three monumental African scholar warriors were acknowledged this past week as their physical days aligned within four days of each other.
A contingent of modern-day Garveyites assembled Saturday evening, Aug. 17, on the corner of 124th Street and Mount Morris Park West as they acknowledged the achievements of one of Pan-Africanism’s forefathers on the 126th anniversary of his physical birth.
Longtime community advocate, music artist and on-air radio and TV host Ibrahim Gonzalez, 57, transitioned to the ancestral realm in his sleep on June 4. Gonzalez grew up in Spanish Harlem’s Johnson Houses as one of five brothers; he eventually went on to father five children of his own. He attended City College of New York during the 1970s where he, along with other students, protested tuition hikes. The ambitious activist ventured into media when he joined WBAI in 1990. He hosted two shows. “Radio Libre!” was a “foray into all things Latino and hemispheric, making all of the transatlantic musical and cultural connections. The program sought to explore the many genres of Latino Music—old and new, traditional and experimental, urban and folkloric,” according to his website. His other program, “In the Moment,” was described as a “spontaneous mix of eclectic sounds, interviews and live performances.” Later, he’d also treat listeners at 90.3FM WHCR to a similar format.
Last month’s heartbreaking not-guilty verdict concluding the Trayvon Martin murder trial in Florida helped feed the skepticism that the Department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will pursue civil rights violations charges against the teen’s admitted killer, let alone garner a conviction.
On Monday, June 24, lower Manhattan’s Brecht Forum hosted a presentation about an unlikely warrior as progressive educators Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson shared their experiences of community contributions with the intimate audience.